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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois


Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities  as chairman include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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September 6, 2019 In The News

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WSIL -- U.S. Representative Mike Bost filed legislation Thursday that could save tax payers millions of dollars. He introduced the VA Cost Savings Enhancement Act, which would require VA facilities to install on-site medical waste systems. 

June 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— The House of Representatives today unanimously approved an appropriations amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) that ensures increased opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses to compete for grants and contracts from the U.S. State Department. Similar preferences are already provided to American businesses owned by the socially and economically disadvantaged, as well as faith-based organizations.

May 21, 2019 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) to address the troubling uptick in veteran suicides and help improve suicide prevention and mental health resources at the Department of Veterans Affairs passed the House today. The Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act (H.R. 2333) requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Coordinators.
March 27, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced the bipartisan VA COST SAVINGS Enhancement Act, which will save the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) tens of millions of dollars annually and improve care for our veterans. The legislation requires the VA to install on-site medical waste treatment systems in VA facilities where it is determined this will result in a cost-savings within 5 years.
March 7, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) made the following statement about the tragic death of Army Sgt. Holli Bolinski, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, who passed away in Kuwait on March 5. Sgt. Bolinski was stationed out of Mount Vernon, IL.
March 5, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted with a majority of his colleagues in the House to pass the bipartisan Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act. This legislation will strengthen and enhance the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
February 26, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today unveiled bipartisan legislation, the VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, to address the growing problem of VA medical centers operating without permanent directors. Bost introduced the bill along with U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-CA).
February 11, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced his committee assignments for the 116th Congress. Bost will continue to serve as a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Additionally, Bost will maintain his position as the top Republican on the VA Committee’s Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs.
January 16, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced he is seeking a wounded warrior or medically-retired veteran for a position in either his O’Fallon or Carbondale district office. The veteran chosen for the fellowship will engage in community outreach and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies.
January 15, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Al Lawson (D-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to make more United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeships available to veterans. The Veterans’ Agricultural Apprenticeship Act instructs the USDA to work with state departments of agriculture to identify farmers and ranchers eligible for a direct loan to train apprentice veterans. The loan would, in turn, be paid back to the USDA after the harvest season.